The Senate & House passed a historic $2 trillion dollar package (just needs the president’s signature) that has a major focus on improving both working and learning from home environments. The sudden closures of workplaces and schools across the nation have uprooted all of our lives, and nobody is feeling it more than educators who are working to provide equitable opportunities for every student in their district. This stimulus bill has a large focus on bolstering districts, especially when it comes to virtual learning opportunities.
Specific education funding includes a total of $30.75 billion. The National Conference of State Legislatures has provided a complete breakdown of funding here. The specific funding distributions are as follows:
Elementary and Secondary Education: $13.5 billion. Funds to LEAS can be used for coronavirus-response activities, such as planning for and coordinating during long-term school closures; purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all students served by the local educational agency
Governors: Each state will receive a share of $3 billion for governors to allocate at their discretion for emergency support grants to local educational agencies and institutions of higher education that have been most significantly impacted by the coronavirus
Higher Education: $14.25 billion for emergency relief for Institutions of Higher Education to respond to the coronavirus. At least 50% of institutional funds must provide emergency financial aid grants to students that can cover eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Remaining institutional funds may be used to defray expenses for IHEs, such as lost revenue and technology costs associated with a transition to distance education.